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Computer Mod: In The Desk Not On The Desk

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I got really fed up with having a great big white computer box on my desk and wires all over the place. You know the situation: cables and computers are not pretty. There was only one solution: My desk and my computer needed to be merged.

This was not your typical computer maintenance project. I did use a phillips screwdriver – quite normal – but the widespread use of a hacksaw, jigsaw and hammer to get everything in the right place and operational differentiated this project from most rebuilds I have done (lots).

Having managed to get the case cut down to provide a backplate and mounting for the motherboard and PCI devices I then cut out the back of the desk drawer for the cable access. The hammer was widely used throughout this project.

Amazingly I managed to get everything nicely located. Both the DVD drive and CD writer will appear from the front of the drawer. Have yet to cut the slots to locate them. And can’t decide if I want to go to the trouble of getting some matching veneer and giving them a wooden fascia to match the rest.

The old lock on the drawer was removed and the barrel emptied and cut down to become the power button. Locating the power switch behind the lock was easy enough. The main thing was trying to organise all the bits so they would a) fit b) connect with standard cables and c) not cook each other. Currently she is running in the drawer, in the cabinet at 43 degrees C CPU temp – thats low enough for me and only 4 degrees higher than when the beast was in a case.

Time to power up and see if this thing will actually fly. Holy cow she does !!!

Finally I have to do some cabinetwork on the desk she is going in. It’s an old base unit from a large office desk

few more bits to finish: cutting the CD drawer openings, securing the lock barrel to the power switch (don’t try no more nails – I discovered it dissolves the power switch plastic :D ) and then I have to cut down the cabinet and rebuild the desk. Nearly done. Will post a pic when the final details are completed.

Just her smoked glass top to come.

Full story of the build here

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